Futureless people

From the May-June 2017 issue of News & Letters

Olney Springs, Colo.—The other day I realized that most of us prisoners are the “futureless people.” When we are in the joint (at least at a CoreCivic one) we are given no job skills or vocational training. Except for what we see on TV, we are isolated from the outside world.

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In Corruptorado we are given long sentences—5, 10, 20 or 30 years—for almost any “crime.” When we are finally released by a parole board that would rather not parole anyone, the only jobs we can get—especially with the “felon box” on most employment applications—are low-level crap jobs. Burger flipping, floor mopping, perhaps transient vegetable or fruit picking are all first choice for us felons.

I wonder if part of Donald Trump’s hidden agenda is to replace all those jobs now held by undocumented immigrants with the formerly imprisoned? After all, while we are in prison we are slave labor, and when out on parole we can only take jobs allowed by the Parole Officer. It is a continuation of our slave status. We have little or no future of getting free of The System. We are the futureless.

My opinion, and I hope I am wrong, is that the only thing that will bring down the U$ injustice system is what brought down Tsarist Russia—a revolution—a complete overthrow of the government. A socialist revolution. Remember, no fascist government ever willingly gives up power.

—Dylan Funk

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